TyreSafe suggests 3 point safety check

23rd October 2012

Pressure, condition and tread depth are the three key elements that motorists should remember to assess when considering the state of their tyres, according to TyreSafe.

The organisation is "dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers associated with defective or illegal tyres", and clearly believes it is important to be specific about what to look out for.

It is vital to check tyres all year round, although TyreSafe suggests that it is particularly important during the winter months.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, suggested that drivers should use the clocks going back as a "timely reminder … that winter is well and truly on its way and with it, the need for extra care and attention on the road".

Mr Jackson went on to explain that "the cold and damp conditions mean that roads can easily become slippery and dangerous so it's essential that your tyres are in the best possible state to cope with this".

Not only could unsafe tyres result in accidents on the roads, failing to drive with roadworthy tyres may land drivers in financial difficulty.

TyreSafe is keen to remind motorists that the penalty for such an offence could be as much as £2,500.

Not only that, drivers may end up receiving three penalty points per tyre, if their vehicle is found to be illegal.

A total of 12 points on a license is enough to be completely disqualified from driving, so it is clearly worth checking tyres on a regular basis.

Some motorists may prefer to check their tyres themselves and TyreSafe offers How To notes on its website to guide drivers through the process.

Anyone who is unsure of what checks to make, or who would prefer a professional to do the job, can take their car to any garage which would be happy to assess a vehicle's roadworthiness.

Drivers are reminded that as part of tyre safety month, a number of garages are offering free safety checks on tyres, so this weekend may be the perfect opportunity to get some expert opinion.

According to the government website, tyre pressure should be checked on a weekly basis.

Motorists are advised to check the pressure before setting off on a journey, as the tyres will be cold. It states that "warm or hot tyres may give a misleading reading".

Keen to stress the importance of correctly inflated tyres, gov.uk states that "your brakes and steering will be adversely affected by under-inflated or over-inflated tyres.

"Excessive or uneven tyre wear may be caused by faults in the braking or suspension systems, or wheels which are out of alignment".

Another consideration for motorists who need to drive during the colder months is to swap to winter tyres.

TyreSafe states that these are the safest option when the temperature gets below seven degrees Celsius.

The Met office has announced that the weather is set to turn colder by the end of October, and it has launched its Get Ready for Winter campaign.

It suggests that people need to be aware of the latest weather forecasts and be prepared to change plans if severe conditions set in.

Get your tyres checked at ATS Euromaster.

Posted by Danielle Barge